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Karate to the Olympics: YES…but…

On 28 September 2015, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organising Committee decided that it would recommend five new sports to be included at the competition, including Karate, as represented by the World Karate Federation (WKF).

This would be great news if WKF, which is the only Karate federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was truly representative of all Karate practitioners worldwide, which is unfortunately not the case.

The disciplines of Karate practiced under WKF’s umbrella represents new styles of Karate, which were created by WKF’s officials and do not relate to the roots of Karate.

The United World Karate (UWK) has been recently founded to unify the world of Karate and from now on represents the various disciplines of Karate, such as Traditional Karate (non-contact, Ippon Sho-bu/non-weight categories), General Karate (non-contact, multi-point with weight categories) and Contact Karate. UWK pleads for the reunification with WKF.

If only Karate as represented by WKF was selected to be part of the Olympic Programm, this would make a mockery of the vast majority of Karate practitioners around the world.

By signing this petition, you will sign up for UNITY and for the inclusion of Karate as a whole to the Olympics…but will contest the inclusion in the Olympic Programm of Karate as underrepresented by WKF.

Should Karate be unified in order to enter the Olympic Games?